Russell Crowe, 48, is quietly dating Billy Joel’s ex-wife Katie Lee, 31

Here are some photos of Russell Crowe at last night’s NYC premiere of Les Miserables. Is it just me or does Russell look pretty good? I don’t like his (lack of) hair, but the suit looks great on him, I’m glad he went without a tie, and he just seems… relaxed…? Like, Russell is usually so grumpy and he always seemed kind of arrogant and douchey. But for the Les Mis promotion, all of the other actors keep talking about how nice he is and how supportive he was of the cast, and he just seems to be a lot softer these days. Cuddly!

Maybe it has something to do with his split from Danielle Spencer? She (publicly) dumped him in October, and I’m surprised that Crowe hasn’t had much to say about it, and I’m surprised that he hasn’t already picked up some hot young blonde jumpoff. But now Page Six claims that Crowe was seen getting “cuddly” with Billy Joel’s (William Joel!) ex-wife Katie Lee. Well, we know she likes old dudes.

Russell Crowe has been spending time with foxy foodie Katie Lee in the wake of his split from Danielle Spencer.

Sources spotted Crowe and Billy Joel’s pretty brunette ex cuddling in front of a romantic fireplace in the Drawing Room of the Greenwich Hotel at 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

“They seemed to be in an intense flirtatious conversation,” the spy told us exclusively, adding, “They looked really into each other.” Lee was seen at the hotel later in the day: “Katie was still at the hotel Sunday afternoon,” our spy said. “She was seen with Crowe at the same fireplace at about 2 p.m.”

Crowe is in town filming “A Winter’s Tale” with Colin Farrell. A source close to the project tells us, “Katie has been seen around with Russell,” but the two have just been seeing each other casually. Lee, 31, who split with Joel after five years of marriage in 2009 and won a massively generous payout, was also at Joe’s Pub on Saturday to watch Crowe, 48, perform with an all-star crowd.

[From Page Six]

I can’t believe Katie Lee is only 31 and she’s already been married and divorced to Billy Joel and now she’s going after Crowe?! I’m strangely impressed. I also think it’s interesting that Russell would go for a brunette – isn’t he “all blondes, all the time”? Hmm. Anyway, it’s nothing scandalous or anything – both of them are single and while the age difference is interesting, at least he’s dating a woman in her 30s. I consider that a victory.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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  1. GossipG says:

    Thats why he looks so fresh..good for him.

  2. brin says:

    He’s no fool…she’s pretty and she can cook.

  3. bigt says:

    Remember when he was hot…. Needs to give himself a close shave, the stubble doesn’t do him any favors. Grow his hair out some, loose another 15 or 20 lbs. and I MIGHT reconsider.

    • Christina says:

      ‘Remember when he was hot?’

      Ehmmm… hold on a sec….. oh yeah… if I think really hard I can – just about – remember how every woman alive lusted madly over him in ‘Gladiator’.

      But that was when? 2000? This is now. Nobody lusts overs Russell now.

    • Chatcat says:

      Most men get better with age…Russell is not one of them.

      • Christina says:

        I disagree. Most men do not get better with age. Neither do most women. IMHO most people are at their best – from the physical attractiveness point of view – in their 20s and 30s. There are exceptions of course, but that’s what I see as a general rule.

      • lafairy says:

        I always laugh at the perpetration of this very false cliché!!

        you mean the old creeps that try to hit on me were even more uglier, saggier,and bader than they are now? unbelievable, wow!

        Even men celebrities were better younger and in real life i find older women more attractive than then male couterparts since they took better care of themseleves, men on the other hand they believe they are hot…but beliefs aren’t inoff obviously!

      • Chatcat says:

        The adage is that men age well. In my 20′s and 30′s I found that me, and most of my friends, were attracted to the look of a man then that of a boy. Maturity is very appealing…along with a nice physique, and let’s not forget the guy-is-not-a-tool personality. So since I don’t buy a book for its cover but more importantly for the content…the same holds true for what catches my eye in a guy…all brawn and no brain…or nice hair and eyes but has a history of treating people like shit totally effects the attractive meter for me. Younger guys tend to be less attractive until they grow up! Of course after a certain point there is the dirty old men syndrome, but that doesn’t apply to Russell…he is only 48 for Christ sake.

        Oh and la…I was speaking of men, women aging didn’t enter into this equation…

      • Christina says:

        @lafairy

        Indeed. Men age ‘like a fine wine’. Eh no, most of them don’t. Even men who are still hot in their 50s – say Ralph Fiennes, Viggo Mortensen or Colin Firth – were hotter 15 years ago. Age isn’t kind to most of us, but gender has little to do with it.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        At 33, I’m not attracted to men that look like boys, so personally, I’d be more apt to date an older man.

        I find eye wrinkles and salt-n-pepper hair sexy as hell.

        Again, this is pretty subjective, just what I find appealing and I think there are women out there who would agree with me.

      • Christina says:

        @originalkitten.

        How much older though? At 33, you’re still a baby (well, you are to me!) so saying you like ‘older men’ doesn’t mean that those men are actually old! I don’t think you’ll find too many 50 year old women saying they prefer older men! And just because a man is in his 20s or 30s doesn’t mean he looks like a boy.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Well, I would consider dating a 50-year-old. Not that I think 50 is old but it’s certainly oldER…

        I guess I feel like I have more in common with a guy that age than a guy, say, in his twenties. But while I find maturity attractive, I’m also aware of the fact that a guy dating someone 17 years younger than him might have some issues…Eh. I guess I just meant that generally, I go for older, not younger.

        P.S. I even go to bed at 9:00PM like older folks do! ;)

      • Christina says:

        @originalkitten

        Sure. We all choose partners for a variety or reasons, not just how hot they are.

        What I was objecting to was the blanket assertion that men ‘get better with age’, the obvious implication being that women don’t. As I’ve said, I think from the standpoint of pure physical appeal, few people are more attractive at 50 than they were at 30 – and this applies to both men and women.

      • Really? says:

        Interestingly enough, it’s WOMEN who perpetuate this concept! Men are far too simple to complicate it this far. Have you heard Dave Chappelle’s joke about how to keep a man happy? “Stop talking, suck my johnson, and make me a sandwich.”

        OK it’s crass, i’ll agree, but men really are simple. And when they pass a certain age, what they’re really atrracted to is a woman who’s comfortable in her skin (regardless of what shape it’s in) and who likes sex without any hang ups, without any fear and self loathing.

        So, men – and women – do get better with age, and believe it or not, it’s more than just skin deep. All this preoccupation with skin and fat and wrinkles, it’s just a cover up for an emotional pathology.

        OK, so the majority want a f-toy, but there are a few out there who want a playmate with a brain. Those are the kind of men i pay attention to. The others can mix among the superficial all they want, that’s not my thing. I need conversation as well as action.

      • skuddles says:

        I totally agree Chat. Lots of men get sexier with age – there’s something quite appealing about the slightly weathered look, laugh lines, and a bit of grey – providing he’s taken decent care of himself during his life. Crowe, on the other hand, just looks old and dumpy now and past his prime – typical booze hound.

      • Isa says:

        I tend to think men get better with age too. Especially my husband. I know his father certainly has gotten more handsome as he has gotten older.
        Wrinkles, salt and pepper hair, skin imperfections often leave a man with a rugged, sexy appearance. Those things aren’t included in the what people typically define “beautiful” as for women. The standards for women are impossibly high.

      • lafairy says:

        I find utterly sad and depressing that it is WOMEN who perpetrate this cliché that men get better with age.

        This cliché is the exact one that rule out older women from te dating pool.

        No, men as a whole gender do not get better with age not only ,this is offensive for women because this cliché implies that they are not it is too to younger men implying they are automatically reckless and stupid and that their age define their maturity and values.

        We have value only as individuals not as genders, some men age well, some age awfully , some has it together very young , succesful, reliable, committed(mark zuckenberg anyone?) and some will be immature losers for ever ( george clooney?)

        So no, men do not age better. and regarding attraction or not to older men that’s only a preference, some women like old, some like younger and some just about the same age, the fact that some like older do not in any aspect validate the outdated and sexist cliché that men age better.

        and men chasing way younger women do not scream exactely maturity experience and poise…

      • Christina says:

        @lafairy

        Agree with every word. I’ve always hated the cliche about how young men are so ‘immature’ and don’t ‘grow up’ until they’re about 40. Yes, it’s true for some men, but it’s true for some women too. The idea that men are ‘boys’ until middle age whereas women are so mature, is just sexist nonsense – against men.

        As for finding ‘older’ men attractive, again, each to their own. But if you look at statistics, in the UK at least, the difference in age between the average married couple is all of one year. So most people choose partners about their own age. Sure, we can fancy people who are much older, or much younger, but most of us prefer to settle down with people about our own age.

      • lafairy says:

        @Christina:

        In France it is the same, the average age gap between spouses is 2,1 years ( and in 1/3 of mariages the woman is older than her husband), so yes people tend to chose people their age in general.

        the latest statistics regarding mariages in France have also underlined that the more a woman is educated and the more she will marry late (average age of the first marriage for a women is 31 here) and within her age group, and in couples with drastic age differences, the younger (wether male or female)is generally under the rates of average education/income and the age of the first marriage is also drastically under the average ratio.

        so only based on statistics, indeed people when they have choice (career, education, financial independance) choose someone about their age.

      • Christina says:

        @lafairy
        I’m willing to bet that if someone were to do a proper study of marriage ages – across history and culture – there would be a very strong correlation between low status of women and a big age gap (with the man being much older) on marriage. In other words, the more equal a society is, the more likely it is that men and women will be a similar age on marriage – assuming they marry at all. A society in which men routinely marry much younger women is a society where women’s status if very low vis a vis men.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      In his defense, he is working on it. He lost a ton of weight but he still has about 20 to go. Unless he gained those back, he looked good as Javert in the trailer. Um… now I don’t know. Perhaps it was good tailoring?

      He definitely needs hair and men with graying beards and dark head hair – yes I am talking to you Alcide since I can’t spell your last name – should be clean shaven all of the time. It’s aging. YOU ARE NOT ANDERSON COOPER – he is an exception to the rule.

  4. L says:

    God remember when she hosted Top Chef the first season? The woman has the personality of a plank of wood. She’s a moron.

    I’ll take that he’s dating someone mostly age appropriate and not some 20 year old blonde, but ugh.

  5. PrettyTarheel says:

    I always thinks she is so pretty-every time I see a picture of her, it startles me a little. Maybe because I am conditioned to think of the pulled and sucked and botoxed, and she just looks so naturally youthful. Hard to believe she and Coco Austin are only “2″ years apart.

  6. Cazzee says:

    Okay, I read a profile of Katie Lee in the NYTimes, and they said that the payout from the Billy Joel divorce was ‘only’ (LOL) five million dollars. She spent a couple million on an apartment in New York and according to the article was kind of hustling for money – that she really wanted more money, more fame,and success as a TV chef. The implication was that because the marriage was so short and she was still in her twenties when it ended, Billy Joel did not pay out that much. Katie Lee got enough of a settlement to live comfortably in New York for a few years, but not enough to last her for the rest of her life.

    Hence the next old rich guy…

    • ZenB!tch says:

      Lets hope Danielle got most of Russell’s money – not because I have anything against Russell but because I don’t want some gold digger getting it.

      • Katherine says:

        “I don’t want some gold digger getting it.”

        You mean like Danielle Spencer.;)

      • Cazzie says:

        In her defense, Danielle Spencer first got together with Russell Crowe before he was famous, didn’t she? And then they were on and off as a couple, but then she kept letting him back in?

        So, yes – Danielle Spencer is a sentimental fool, but no gold digger (Just kidding about the fool part! People are allowed to take old lovers back if they think that this time around things are going to be different). And she must be sentimental because she stayed with him all those years.

        But this Katie Lee chick? Gold. Digger.

        If Russell Crowe were broke, she wouldn’t give him the time of day…

  7. Green Is Good says:

    He’s also smart enough to date a woman who has her OWN career and money.

  8. Ellie66 says:

    Well she is very pretty but as L pointed out she sucked on that first season of Top Chef very cold and dull! Maybe she has warmed up a bit. Russell…oh Russell he was so very hot back in the Gladiator days Now he looks like a homeless man who got a new suit and a shower. (Yeah Id still go for it) ;)

  9. Jayna says:

    Billy was really brokenhearted over her. What did he expect would happen, in his sixties and not exactly aging well, drinking problem. I guess he won’t like this news.

  10. Lamont says:

    Russell Crowe – With a BRUNETTE????????
    The apocalypse must be upon us!!

  11. teenydj says:

    I love her cookbook. I’m glad he’s with someone that’s fairly age appropriate and has her own thing going on. I like the idea of them together. Good for them!

    • Christina says:

      Age appropriate? She’s 17 years his junior!

    • Cazzee says:

      Maybe I’m just feeling cranky this morning, but…since when is an almost twenty-year age difference considered to be ‘age-appropriate’???

      She’s young and pretty, he’s old and rich, etc. – he wants somebody who’s going to cook for him and follow him around, and she wants somebody who can bankroll her desired lifestyle. They fit each other’s needs.

      I still think that almost twenty years is a big age difference.

    • teenydj says:

      I said FAIRLY age appropriate. Compared to him dating a 22 year old this is downright reasonable and probably better than any of us expected.

      I’m 34 and I would consider dating someone around his age, depending on the guy, of course.

      • lafairy says:

        how fairly fair appropriate can we fairly consider a 20 yrs gap?

        The fact that you pesronally would consider a man with such an age gap to date, doesn’t make it ‘fairly’ appropriate. it is just a personal dating choice while being ‘age appropriate’ is being more accurately defined as being about the same age… and one need a lot of imagination to find 2 people with an 17 yrs age gap being about the same age…

        His wife was age appropriate, any women into the 5/7 yrs up or down his age would be. about the same age.

  12. Miss Kiki says:

    No it’s definitely just you, Russell Crowe lost the hot aaaages ago. In fact apart from in Gladiator I’ve never really found him that hot and tbh even then I was far more interested in Joaquin Phoenix.

  13. Lucy says:

    He’s gross, she’s desperate, who knows they may be together forever.

    I can’t decide who I’d rather NOT kiss, RC or BJ…Good luck Katie Lee.

  14. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Ugh soooo gross.

    *runs back to Tom Hardy post*

  15. lucy2 says:

    If you want to see a good movie in which Russell looks even worse, check out State of Play.
    He has not aged well at all, but he does look less grumpy.

    She strikes me as a gold digger.

  16. lori says:

    I Still believe he ‘fathered’ Jodi Fosters children and that’s how he got an Oscar.

  17. MJ says:

    The woman deserves happiness after being with that alcoholic mess for years, but she seems to have jumped from one raging drunk to another. Oh well.

  18. poppy says:

    her taste in men runs towards old, rich, and booze bloat? she is consistent.
    unlikely she made tons of $$$ on william joel. needed to hang in there 10-13 years and have left a career or something to really make a claim. if anything, she owes him because she didn’t have a career, celebrity or a clue before they married.

  19. Chickie Baby says:

    Say what you will, but my Russ Lust will never die. As long as he has that sly sparkle in his eye, I’m all his.

    Somebody else mentioned that Katie Lee is pretty and can cook, and after a few blondes (uh, Meg Ryan, anyone?) that fizzled, maybe brunettes are holding more appeal for an older and wiser man.

    But he does seem more relaxed that he has in a long time—he’s back at work on many movies so that could be part of it, too!

  20. lafairy says:

    “at least he’s dating a woman in her 30s. I consider that a victory”

    really?? is that a victory?

    isn’t sad that a supposed victory is when a 48 yrs old man deign to date a woman 17 yrs younger?

    how sad that women ‘s expectations have sink so low….

    I think he is not different than any other dude since 31 is way too young for him.

    Ladies woman up! start to be a bit more judgemental on men in situation where you wouldn’t never give a pass to woman….

    • Christina says:

      Exactly! And while there are plenty of hot 48 year old men out there, Russell ain’t one of them. Imagine an overweight 48 year old woman dating a hot 31 year old man? Would any man consider that a ‘victory’? Crowe’s wife was only a few years younger than him, so why should we all be grateful if this washed-up dude deigns to date a woman in her – gasp!- 30s?

  21. Stubbylove says:

    Massive love for Crowe but it looks like his eyes are dissapearing into his face. Know he’s just aging but not liking it. Brunettes Rule!

    • Trashaddict says:

      Same here. I think he will have to bite the bullet and get his eyelids lifted. But I think men have to tread very carefully so they don’t end up looking really strange.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        I’m of two minds here. I’m only 5 years younger. I’m probably the same age as Danielle whom I have not seen lately. I think I look a lot younger than he does and based on the last time I saw her so does Danielle.

        HOWEVER, eye lifts are tricky. He could end up looking like Joe Biden.

        Maybe if he loses the rest of the weight his eyes will show again?

        All this said, to me his “hot” was not about his looks he is not classically handsome. It was about his manliness. I don’t really go for the metros. He looks hot in the Les Miz ads but he also looks younger. He desperately needs hair!

  22. Lexi says:

    He is totally FUG!
    The pretty Goldigger looks like Ali MgGraw

  23. TG says:

    @TheOriginalKitten – I agree with you. I am in my mid-thirties and do not find men in their 20′s do be very attractive. They just look like kids to me. I like a man to have filled out his shoulders and I love a little salt and pepper and I must be getting old because I think Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC is hot! I think it is natural that as you age you find that your thoughts on who and what is attractive matures as well. I think women in their 50′s, 60′s and beyond can be beautiful. Obviously, it isn’t the same type of beauty from your 20′s but someone who is confident in their skin and themselves can radiate beauty. Russell Crowe is not aging well. He doesn’t have a good face shape for it. I think maybe he knows it too and that is why he is walking around acting humble.

    • Christina says:

      Yes – Crowe has that round, slightly doughy face shape which doesn’t age well, on either gender. Look at Leo Di Caprio, who’s ten years Crowe’s junior – he’s already losing his looks. Also, I think Crowe is naturally prone to putting on weight – even in ‘Gladiator’, with all that training, he was still a bit pudgy, and as he ages that will be more and more of an issue.

  24. Dy says:

    At least they’ve been low-key.

  25. lilred says:

    Love him! She’s pretty, hope it works out for them.

  26. Isa says:

    Jesus, EVERYBODY has herpes in Hollywood.
    I wonder if huge jackman does? We all know billy joe has herpes so does his ex wife and now russel. Wtf

    I know I know I sound mean but that’s all I can think about after reading an article about Derek jeter! Then saw a crazy list of celebrities with herpes or cold sores. So that’s why…

  27. Jaxx says:

    Wow, the hot got all sucked out of the gladiator For Sure. Gross. He looks toothless in these pics too. I would never, ever go there. Yuck.

    He can get his eye job for free as his eyelids are hanging so low it will obstruct his vision soon. They don’t consider it cosmetic when your sagging eyelids threaten to blind you. Insurance has to pay for it.

  28. Suzy says:

    I can’t get over how much she looks like Katie Holmes…are we sure Russ wasn’t with her instead?? Lol

  29. Sara says:

    Same age as Brad, Johnny, and Gavin. Wow is all I have to say. Multi millions and doesn’t know how to take care of himself. Sad.

  30. Ginger says:

    A friend of mine was an extra in one of his films and has nothing but nice things to say about him.

  31. Liz says:

    If you are ” surprised” that Crowe has not commented on the breakdown of his marriage or”surprised” that he has not dated then you really know nothing at all about him. He has been famously devoted to Dani for eight years and in fact is selling his stake in his beloved rugby team, the Rabbitohs, in order to be more available to his family.
    He IS filming, hence the ahort hair, which I agree does not suit him. But if people REALLY don’t thnk he is ” HOT” anymore, than they have not seen him in breeches and boots in the Les Mserabe trailer. The man still has it in spades !

  32. Jayna says:

    I thought he looked good in Next Three Days. That was about three years ago. I loved him in that movie, a devoted husband trying to save his wife from being executed in prison. A nice little thriller action movie.

  33. ZenB!tch says:

    I didn’t know Danielle dumped him so I will keep what I was originally going to say to myself as it no longer applies and go with…

    GEE, isn’t he a little young for Katie Joel?

  34. Onyx XV says:

    It’s official. Russell Crowe is an old fart. I never thought he was particularly attractive, but he used to have a modicum of charisma. Now? He’s got nothing but fat, grey stubble (barf) and missing teeth.

  35. vvy says:

    He’s still 20 years older than she is though.

  36. Kosmos says:

    Ohhhh, nooooo, not her! I always thought she just used Joel big time for his fame and money. Russell had a beautiful and wonderful woman in Danielle, but after years together and him being gone most of the time, I think she had had enough. Still, I cannot see Russell with this woman. I have always thought of her as an opportunist, so I hope he’s not dumb enough to fall. She cannot compare in any way to Danielle as a person.

  37. Linda says:

    He really looks bad but I’m sure he’ll find some sacrificial ovaries somewhere.

  38. Ali says:

    For his sake, I hope this is nothing more than a rebound thing. She got grandpa Joel to marry her, cheated on him, and took off with a significant amount of his money. Hope Crowe is smarter than that.

  39. Phil E Stein says:

    Hmm seventeen year age gap. That brings the age of women I can date down to 25. Thanks for clarifying that for me, Rusty. I wasn’t sure what the cut off point was.

  40. BettyBoop says:

    Crowe tweets “As soon as I finish this job & can get home, my priority is to try to bring my family back together.These latest reports are false & cruel.”
    Any comment, Celebitchy? I didn’t think so. You are no different than the scumbag Australian radio DJ’s.Totally clueless.